Despairing viewers have expressed their frustration on social media after they believe the Norwegian national broadcaster (NRK) channel's May 17th symbol now resembles North Korea's flag and is a tribute from NRK to the communist state of North Korea.
The State channel has actually used a graphic that reminds many of the viewers of the flag of the notorious dictatorship.
"Why do NRK use the flag of North Korea during the May 17 broadcast? #disrespectful, "says one.
"Not to be critical, but I am a little unsure whether we celebrate Norway or North Korea," writes another.
NRK confirms to TV2 that they have received some complaints today.
- I was caught off guard. The graphics was made for the constitution anniversary last year. Then we received no such feedback, says project leader for the May 17th broadcast on NRK, Anja Skaug.
The graphics are not an attempt to pay tribute to North Korea, says Skaug. Rather it is Norway's red, white and blue flag in a new twist.
- There are red, white and blue, just reversed so that the blue color becomes dominant. It is an innovative twist on the traditional flag, says Skaug.
- Do you understand that people find it similar?
- If we see them against each other, I can understand it, she says.
But here is the real reason why NRK has gone to this outrageous move of removing the cross from the flag:
This week, the channel decided not to display any religious symbols, after Muslims complained about a Christian cross necklace worn by one of the channel's program hosts.
NRK may refuse its own program hosts to wear religious symbols, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Tribunal ruled on Friday.
The case goes back to November 2013 when NRK presenter Siv Kristin Sællmann received requests from management not to wear a cross on TV. The case ended with a storm of complaint to the Broadcasting Council, but where NRK received full support.
However, despite NRK being run by far left morons, this is taking it too far! Shame on you!
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